Pastor's Corner January 2017

Many years ago there was a popular song that said, “Whatever will be, will be. The future’s not ours to see”. I beg to differ with that saying. We can predetermine our future. We can have a blessed future or not. Deuteronomy 28:1-14 begins with an “If” statement. If one makes a good and obedient choice to serve God, it will bring all the following 14 verses of God’s blessings. But if one makes an evil and disobedient choice then all the next 54 verses will be his or her future. To predetermine one’s future is a decision to love and obey the God of the universe, Jehovah. This is not an attempt at fortune telling which is forbidden in the Bible (See Deuteronomy 18:9-12.) What I am suggesting is for each person to get to know the “One” who knows the future. He is our Heavenly Father. “If” is the operative word. If we give our heart, soul, and mind to our God and His Son, Jesus, we can predetermine our future. First, lots of blessings in this era of time but then comes the return of Jesus to rule and reign on the earth for a thousand years. Saved, righteous believers will be changed to a spiritual being, living and ruling with Jesus in His Millennial Kingdom. And after that comes the “Forever” where the righteous will live in God’s Kingdom and New Jerusalem. Let’s verify the above statements in the Bible. John 5:29,

“…they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.”

Revelation 5:10 and Revelation 20:4-6 tell about the righteous reigning on earth for a thousand years within Jesus’ future kingdom. After Jesus’ reign, I Corinthians 15:23-28 tells us He turns the Kingdom over to His Father. Revelation 21:2-3 continues the story of the coming of the Holy City, New Jerusalem and the Heavenly Father will live with the righteous on earth. If one does not pre-plan for salvation that person is a sinner and his or her future is in the following verses. (Matthew 8:5-13 Matthew 13:24-50; Matthew 22:11-14; Matthew 24:42-51; Matthew 25:14-30) Jesus said to cast them (the sinners) out into darkness and fire; there will be wailing and gnashing of teeth by those who are not written in God’s Book of Life. (Revelation 20:15). Now, how can each individual prepare and predetermine their future? The Word of God tells us in many places to “choose this day whom you will serve”. One place is Joshua 24:14a, and 15,

“Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve Him in sincerity and in truth: …And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; … but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”

The people responded with an excellent choice in verse 24. “The LORD our God will we serve, and His voice will we obey.” We should all make this excellent choice and have a great future.

Pastor Ed Lewin

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